COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Pueblo law enforcement says a son murdered his mother, stuffed her body into a suitcase, and threw the suitcase into a dumpster in a Pueblo dumpster.
Antonio Cuevas was originally considered a person of interest in a crime where a woman's body was found in a dumpster. Pueblo Police took him into custody on 10/18/19 and he is now considered a suspect.
On Wednesday, Capt. Eric Bravo confirmed with 11 News the victim's head, hands and feet are still missing. This was first reported by the Chieftain. Capt. Bravo said they did not initially release this information, because only the killer would know. As of Wednesday, the suspect was not cooperating with police so authorities are hoping someone in the public has more information on where the rest of the remains were. Capt. Bravo added he wanted to thank the public for their help.
The victim, whose remains were found in a trash bin in the area of Ivywood Lane and Vinewood Lane on Oct. 17, was identified by the Pueblo County coroner Monday as 58-year-old Maria Cuevas-Garcia.
Antonio Cuevas, a 36-year-old already wanted on a parole violation, was arrested the following day and is expected to face first-degree murder charges. Police confirmed to 11 News that Cuevas is the victim's son.
When police were first called to the crime scene, they weren't sure if a body had been dumped or if it was some type of prop for Halloween. The entire dumpster was towed from the scene.
Surveillance video later obtained by police shows a man removing a suitcase from the trunk of a car and tossing it into a dumpster. The video was taken around 6:42 a.m.; the body was discovered three hours later.
Cuevas' wife, Melanie Ann Cuevas, was also arrested Friday for a criminal impersonation warrant.
11 News is working to obtain the arrest warrants and will update this story as we learn new information.
On Tuesday, police confirmed with 11 News reporter Kasia Kerridge that Cuevas' car, seen in the surveillance video, was found at a recycling facility in Pueblo on Friday.
If you have any information about this crime, please call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (542-7867).